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Walsall 1-2 Cheltenham Town

Veteran striker Luke Varney scored the winner as Cheltenham triumphed at Walsall to extend their unbeaten run to seven league games.

The 37-year-old drilled the ball home just before the hour after Josh Gordon's penalty had cancelled out Ben Tozer's first-half opener for Town.

Varney almost opened the scoring inside 20 minutes, but his near-post header from Sean Long's cross was saved by goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

Walsall should have led soon after as Robins stopper Scott Flinders fumbled a routine ball, but Gordon steered wide of an open goal.

While Flinders got away with that error, Roberts was punished after 35 minutes as he spilled a corner and Cheltenham skipper Tozer pounced to fire the visitors ahead.

Walsall levelled after 52 minutes as Gordon slotted home his first of the season from the penalty spot after being fouled by Chris Hussey.

But Varney collected Gavin Reilly's pass to fire a 58th-minute winner past Roberts and later saw a header ruled out for offside as Walsall, in 19th, suffered a third straight defeat.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 26LiddleSubstituted forAdebayoat 68'minutes
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 77mins
  • 33Jules
  • 3Pring
  • 8KinsellaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHoldenat 68'minutes
  • 20Bates
  • 7Sinclair
  • 10Gordon
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHardyat 84'minutes
  • 25McDonald

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 4Sadler
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Holden
  • 17Hardy

Cheltenham

  • 1FlindersBooked at 81mins
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 7Thomas
  • 21Doyle-HayesSubstituted forInceat 86'minutes
  • 3Hussey
  • 11BroomBooked at 30mins
  • 32VarneySubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
  • 20ReillySubstituted forAddaiat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Clements
  • 15Boyle
  • 16Addai
  • 19Lloyd
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Ince
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
4,494

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Cheltenham Town 2.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Ryan Broom tries a through ball, but Alex Addai is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alfie Bates with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tozer.

Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Pring (Walsall).

Foul by Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town).

Cameron Pring (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jonte Smith replaces Luke Varney.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Alfie Bates.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Rohan Ince replaces Jake Doyle-Hayes.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Hardy replaces Rory Gaffney.

Attempt missed. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rory Gaffney.

Booking

Scott Flinders (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Clarke (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Gavin Reilly.

Attempt blocked. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair.

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair with a headed pass.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Gary Liddle.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rory Holden replaces Liam Kinsella.

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Chris Hussey tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Booking

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe149232617929
2Bradford148332113827
3Newport13751147726
4Exeter147521815326
5Cheltenham1374223121125
6Forest Green14743169725
7Swindon146352119221
8Plymouth145542016420
9Macclesfield145541615120
10Cambridge145452014619
11Colchester145451613319
12Leyton Orient145452322119
13Crawley145452222019
14Grimsby145362020018
15Northampton145361616018
16Port Vale144641921-218
17Mansfield144552119217
18Salford144551622-617
19Walsall144371019-915
20Carlisle144281525-1014
21Oldham142571424-1011
22Scunthorpe142481723-610
23Morecambe142481426-1210
24Stevenage141671120-99
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